It’s no secret that Namibia is one of the world’s greatest conservation success stories. While government support has played a major role to ensure this, there are also a number of smaller organizations who continue to make it happen for Namibia’s endangered species. N/a’an ku sê Foundation is one of these.
In the Beginning
This conservation organization has been self-sustaining since its formation in 2006. Based on the premise that conservation and tourism can be a match made in heaven, N/a’an ku sê Foundation generates funds by means of responsible touristic practices.
Other sources of revenue are the partners and benefactors who have come to appreciate what Dr Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren have accomplished by establishing this worthwhile initiative.
The N/a’an ku sê Foundation focuses on three main areas. In their words, these are:
‘Our mission is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia, Africa. We aim to achieve this through encouraging participation, education and innovative activity.’
It’s a tall order, but one which they are slowly filling with specific projects aimed at these three areas.
The Lifeline clinic provides basic healthcare to almost 3 500 members of the local community every year. Of these 90% hail from the marginalized San Bushmen community – the original inhabitants of Namibia.
The clinic also provides an ambulance service for emergency cases, transporting them 120km to the nearest hospital in Gobabis.
Clever Cubs school provides primary school education to the children. Ordinarily, less than 20% of these children would ever receive any form of formal education.
Injured, orphaned and conflicted wild animals are brought from all over Namibia to the conservation centers at N/a’an ku sê and Shiloh. Most of these are rehabilitated and successfully released back into safe havens in the wild.
Those which cannot fend for themselves in their natural environment, remain at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives. These rehabilitation centers perform an important role in the rescue and recovery of cheetah and leopard in Namibia.
Along with the big cats, the centers are always abuzz with creatures of every shape, size and description. All these animals are kept in large, natural enclosures until such time as they can be released.
By means of their 3rd initiative, N/a’an ku sê Foundation works towards ensuring that these wild animals still have a suitable environment to be released into.
While the march of progress prevents all of Namibia being reserved for pristine natural landscapes, the Foundation works with what it’s got.
Outside of the National Parks, Namibia has large tracts of wilderness that are inhabited by subsistence farmers. These have slowly been eroded by agricultural activities, driving wildlife into conflict with humans.
N/a’an ku sê is actively involved with re-foresting these areas which were once lush wildlife habitats with room for all to roam. Water-recycling systems and an indigenous plant nursery are at the heart of these endeavors.
These reforestation efforts have the support of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II herself as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative.
If you would like to do your bit towards supporting this highly-acclaimed organization, you can do so in three ways:
- By donating money or wish list items towards one or more of their projects
- By volunteering to work at the conservation center
- By taking part in one of their educational experiences
You can start by paying the N/a’an ku sê Foundation a visit on your next Namibian safari.
You will find the center just 45km outside of Windhoek. Book your accommodation now and experience conservation at work.